Effing Feline is hissed

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Fart-Fueled Flying Feline, Effing for short, writes the Weekend Writing Warrior / Sunday Snippet posts on Mr. V’s behalf. Click the pic for info.

I, Effing Feline, am hissed. Ed, my pet human, went to Toronto. He brought back candy for Mrs V and for his daughter and grandsons. But for me? Nothing.


Hiss to you, Mr V!

But to show I’m a bigger cat than he is, I’ll present a snippet from his sci fi romance, Escapee. Despite his unfeeling snub. Catt’s airship gets caught in a violent updraft from a volcano — and she enjoys the challenge of flying through it. Hector, meanwhile, still broods over losing his entire command in an attack while he was on leave.

“Yee ha,” screeched the madwoman piloting the airship.

Hector had no idea whether they were about to die by crashing or by burning, but one way or another they were going to die. His body feared death but his mind welcomed it.

The skoot quivered where he held it with one hand to keep it from slipping out from the seatbelt he’d jury-rigged. Strange how the animals felt almost like soldiers under his command. He was responsible for their lives, and he would save them even if — or perhaps because — he’d failed to save his human troopers. If he lived long  enough to save the animals, that is.

He put his mouth near the skoot’s ear and whispered soothing sounds. Enough of this ‘welcoming death’ crap. He had troopers, and they were a reason to live.

Effing Feline here again. Remember, folks, that whenever you travel you absolutely must bring back something for your cat. So promise me you’ll pack a dead mouse in your suitcase when you return, okay?

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The African Queen in Outer Space

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Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station). If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile world, you’ll love Escapee.




  1. “My pet human,” Hilarious!

    1. That’s the way (some) cats think about us, I’m sure. Either as pets, or servants, take your pick.

  2. How many skoots does he have? Does he like herding cats?

    1. One skoot. Nobody likes herding cats.

  3. Leave him a present of a dead mouse in his shoe, Effing. Maybe that will remind him of his manners.

    I love that the skoots are helping him hold it together.

    1. People rely on animals a lot to keep them grounded and functional.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject · · Reply

    At least the skoot gives him something to focus on rather than imminent death or failing to save his human troopers.

    1. That’s one of the beauties of the human/pet equation — as you, who have a story in Pets in Space, are well aware of.

  5. Enjoyed the snippet – very dramatic – and I’m loving the skoot. Well your hero too of course LOL 🙂

    1. I notice which of the two, skoot or hero, you mentioned first!

  6. The skoot is a hoot and I’m drawn to the hero. So that’s that!

    1. Yes, the skoot is a hoot, to boot, especially when wearing a zoot suit!

  7. I am not a big Sci fi fan but I love the Effing feline and this snippet is so fun!I ever get caught up on my reviews and reading list I am getting this!

    1. If you’re list is as long as mine, that’s a big IF!

  8. kimmydonn · · Reply

    I have a friend who laughs when she gets nervous. Her partner says, when he dies, her laugh is probably the last thing he’ll hear. That first line made me think of it. Wonderful last words.

    1. I can understand laughing when nervous. Catt, however, is enough a daredevil that she enjoys the challenge of flying around volcanoes.

  9. Andrea R Huelsenbeck · · Reply

    Just a picky correction: “jury-rigging” is what lawyers do; a coarse do-it-yourself engineering solution is “jerry-rigging.”

    1. Excellent catch, Andrea. Neither I nor the publisher’s usually-thorough editors caught it.

  10. Any one trying to save an animal – even a skoot – is a hero. Hope they all survive the madwoman pilot. Tweeted.

    1. I guess you could this is his “Save the Cat” moment, although it’s a scoot. There’s also a kitten on board, though it mostly just hides under the furnitiure.

  11. I love that he’s so considerate of his responsibility to his soldiers – and animals. Especially the animals! Such a great guy. And fancy you not packing a dead mouse for Effing. Poor Effing!
    Can I apologise here to everyone for not commenting before, the day has got away from me and it’s past midnight over here so I’ll finish visiting everyone’s blogs tomorrow. (Apologies to using your blog as a notice board, Ed.)

    1. This passage is one big effort to make Hector more heroic and likable. Considering you’re the only one who mentioned his feelings toward the men but several commented on him saving the skoot, I could’ve left out his troopers and just had him save the skoot. 😉

  12. elainecsc2013 · · Reply

    Good for him. Save it if he can.

    1. Let’s just say they’re on a perilous journey, and to me that means there must be casualties. I’m not saying the skoot. Just saying in general.

      Blame The Lord of the Rings. Each good guy kills 859.6 Orcs without getting a scratch — and that strained my suspension of belief beyond the breaking point. When I read the scene in the book where Gandalf fell and was presumed lost, I cheered out loud. Truly, I did. Any ‘impossible’ journey in which there are virtually no losses isn’t really dangerous, no matter how many times the author tries to make it seem so.

      That was decades before I became a writer, but that lesson is engraved deep in my mind. So there will be casualties.

  13. I admire his dedication. If it gives him a reason to live, so much the better!

    1. As I said, this scene is all about making readers like/love Hector. I guess it kinda works.

  14. I can just see him whispering in the skoot’s ear while Catt is whooping it up. Great scene!

    1. I love it when a scene I write comes alive for a reader.

  15. i’m starting to like your hero … great snippet. Intrigued by this statement ” His body feared death but his mind welcomed it”

  16. Jacob Rosemeier · · Reply

    Hiss to you, Ed! I did like the line “His body feared death but his mind welcomed it.” Nice job!

    1. Are you and Iris twins?

      1. Jacob Rosemeier · ·

        Haha maybe!

  17. Diane Burton · · Reply

    I love his change of attitude, all due to the animals. Poor Effing. No candy? Catnip? He should be hissed.

    1. I should’ve brought him some candy. Being a cat, he wouldn’t have eaten it.

  18. I liked his change of attitude, specially since he’s trying to save the animals ❤

    1. Yes, his attitude change tells a lot about his devotion to his troopers, whether animal or human.

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